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Max Ippen

Full name: Maxmillian Heinrich Ippen
Gender: Male
Born: May 16, 1906 in Vienna, Wien, Austria
Died: May 28, 1957 in Paris, Paris, France
Country: TCH Czechoslovakia
Sport: Bobsleigh

Biography

Austrian-born Max Ippen moved to Czechoslovakia in his youth when his family relocated to Prague to take over the business of his deceased uncle. Ippen worked for the company, which manufactured bank safes among other products, and helped smuggle a significant amount of money to Switzerland during World War II. He posed as a Catholic to hide his Jewish ancestry, but was caught by the Nazis eventually and sent to Auschwitz and Dachau. Although he survived the camps, over eighty members of his extended family did not. While under investigation in Czechoslovakia for collaboration with the Gestapo, he fled to Switzerland and even represented his adopted country in bobsleigh at the 1948 Winter Olympics. He partnered with [Eduard Novotný] in the two-man, finishing 14th among 16 competitors, and joined Novotný, [Ivan Šipajlo], and [František Zajíček] in the four-man, placing 14th in a field of 15 teams. Ippen soon moved to Austria and remained there for the rest of his life, dying on a business trip to Paris at the age of 51.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Winter 41 Sankt Moritz Bobsleigh Men's Two Czechoslovakia TCH 14
1948 Winter 41 Sankt Moritz Bobsleigh Men's Four Czechoslovakia TCH 14

Men's Two

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit
1948 Winter 41 Sankt Moritz Bobsleigh Czechoslovakia TCH Eduard Novotný Final Standings
1948 Winter 41 Sankt Moritz Bobsleigh Czechoslovakia TCH Eduard Novotný Run 1
1948 Winter 41 Sankt Moritz Bobsleigh Czechoslovakia TCH Eduard Novotný Run 2
1948 Winter 41 Sankt Moritz Bobsleigh Czechoslovakia TCH Eduard Novotný Run 3
1948 Winter 41 Sankt Moritz Bobsleigh Czechoslovakia TCH Eduard Novotný Run 4

Men's Four

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit
1948 Winter 41 Sankt Moritz Bobsleigh Czechoslovakia TCH Final Standings
1948 Winter 41 Sankt Moritz Bobsleigh Czechoslovakia TCH Run 1
1948 Winter 41 Sankt Moritz Bobsleigh Czechoslovakia TCH Run 2
1948 Winter 41 Sankt Moritz Bobsleigh Czechoslovakia TCH Run 3
1948 Winter 41 Sankt Moritz Bobsleigh Czechoslovakia TCH Run 4
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